Defending Champ 🖕🏼 Draft Report Card

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T.Y. Hilton
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Predicted to Finish Fourth, Defending Champ 🖕🏼 is Loaded with Talent

Draft Summary

Defending Champ 🖕🏼 parlayed a solid draft slot (first overall) into a respectable performance. With a mark of 7-6-0 (1,815 points), they're projected to finish fourth in Georgia Dawgs League. They went with a balanced approach early, selecting QB Drew Brees (17th overall), RB Todd Gurley (32nd), WR Julio Jones (1st), and TE Greg Olsen (33rd) within the first five rounds. When the dust settled, they'd ultimately landed one of the weakest groups of RBs in the league, as they added Gurley, Lamar Miller, and LeGarrette Blount.

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Defending Champ 🖕🏼 should use Week 11 to ponder life's deeper mysteries, like if someone claims "I always lie" then is that person lying or telling the truth? They have five players and the most projected fantasy points on bye that week. Looking at the season as a whole, they have a softer-than-normal slate. In addition to having the fourth-easiest overall schedule, Defending Champ 🖕🏼 also has the second-easiest first four games of the season.

Draft Notes

  • QB or Bust

    QB is the only above-average position group for Defending Champ 🖕🏼.

  • Drink Plenty of Milk

    With an average of 7.6 years of NFL experience, Defending Champ 🖕🏼 has the greatest chance of losing a player to osteoporosis.

  • Team of Champions

    Defending Champ 🖕🏼 is rocking a team of fantasy MVPs. Last season, three of their players were among the top-20 players that were on the most first-place fantasy teams (T.Y. Hilton, Drew Brees, and LeGarrette Blount).

  • Big D

    Defending Champ 🖕🏼 elected to go with two DEFs instead of loading up at other spots.

  • Very Sneaky, Defending Champ 🖕🏼

    They nabbed a sleeper in Reshad Jones with pick No. 113.

  • Tuck It And Run

    Newton is projected to deliver 475 rushing yards, and ranks second among QBs in that category.

Player Analysis

    • Julio Jones, WR
    • Round 1, Pick 1
    Does Julio Jones Enjoy Gourmet Cuisine?

    Because his all-purpose yardage projections are tasty. Jones is ranked seventh in the league with 1,542 all-purpose yards.

    • T.Y. Hilton, WR
    • Round 2, Pick 16
    Thank You, T.Y.!

    Hilton notched career-highs in targets, receptions, and receiving yards last year. Only three wide receivers (Evans, Nelson, Brown) appeared more often on fantasy rosters that had earned a spot in their league's playoffs.

    • Drew Brees, QB
    • Round 3, Pick 17
    A High-Volume Passer

    Brees led the NFL in attempts, completions, and passing yardage last season. Among all QBs, only Brady and Rodgers appeared on more championship rosters than the future Hall-of-Famer in 2016.

    • Todd Gurley, RB
    • Round 4, Pick 32
    If it Ain't Broke

    Do fix it? Laughing in the face of decades of fantasy tradition, Defending Champ 🖕🏼 didn't grab their first RB (Todd Gurley) until the fourth round.

    • Greg Olsen, TE
    • Round 5, Pick 33
    Panther Performance

    Olsen saw an increase in targets for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. It was his third straight 1,000-yard campaign and ninth year in a row suiting up for all 16 games.

Best Available

While Defending Champ 🖕🏼 is expected to be weak across five positions, RB is definitely their worst unit and an area of need.

    • C.J. Anderson
    • Rank 47, ADP 72
    • Ameer Abdullah
    • Rank 51, ADP 90
    • Mark Ingram
    • Rank 53, ADP 75
    • Tevin Coleman
    • Rank 63, ADP 89
  • Bye Week Points Lost

    Each bar represents the total projected season points for each player that's on bye that week. This chart shows any potential bye week issues.

  • Pick Number Minus ADP
    Pick Number

    Bars above zero indicate a pick was selected later than a player's ADP. Bars below zero show players that were taken earlier than their ADP.

  • Avg Points by Position vs League
        Team     League

    The average projected points for all the players at each position versus the average projected points for all players at that position in the league.

  • Schedule by Opponent Points

    Week-by-week schedule with each opponent's projected season points. This chart shows any difficult or easy stretches in the schedule.

How We Grade

Draft grades are based strictly on teams' draft performances. This is calculated by counting the number of fantasy points teams are projected to score over the course of the season using their optimal line-ups. The grades do not take schedule into account. Because of bye weeks and other variables it is possible to earn a high grade yet be projected to finish in the middle of the pack. The opposite is also true. Bottom line: Fantasy Football is like the real game. You can draft the greatest talent in the world but you still need to manage your team every week to get the most out of that talent. As a wise man once said, "On any given Sunday..."

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Defending Champ 🖕🏼
1. (1) Julio Jones (Atl - WR)
2. (16) T.Y. Hilton (Ind - WR)
3. (17) Drew Brees (NO - QB)
4. (32) Todd Gurley II (LAR - RB)
5. (33) Greg Olsen (Car - TE)
6. (48) Seattle (Sea - DEF)
7. (49) Mason Crosby (GB - K)
8. (64) Lamar Miller (Hou - RB)
9. (65) Cam Newton (Car - QB)
10. (80) Calvin Pryor (Jax - S)
11. (81) Rodney McLeod (Phi - S)
12. (96) Sammy Watkins (LAR - WR)
13. (97) LeGarrette Blount (Phi - RB)
14. (112) Carolina (Car - DEF)
15. (113) Reshad Jones (Mia - S)
16. (128) Jared Cook (Oak - TE)

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